Federal investigators say they have evidence that former Chicago street gang member Jose Padilla was a higher ranking member of Al Qaeda than first thought.
Jose Padilla was not just a Chicago street gang stooge as some in law enforcement portrayed him at the time of his arrest. Federal authorities say evidence now shows that Padilla had had risen in Al Qaeda's ranks to have personal relationships with the top planners of the September 11th attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
Padilla has told authorities that his direct Al Qaeda supervisor was Ammar al-Baluchi who obtained flight simulators that the 9/11 hijackers used in training. According to Padilla, Baluchi was the right-hand man of Khalid Sheihk Mohammed---considered the architect of the 9/11 attacks.
But authorities say Padilla's connection to the upper crust of Al Qaeda is best found in his activities with three of the organization's top terrorists. The night before leaving for Chicago they threw him a bon voyage dinner -- hosted by the men considered to be the 9/11 masterminds.
If this is true, Padilla should be tried for treason during time of war and then hanged. He won't be, of course. When John Walker Lindh was not tried for treason and executed, I knew George W. Bush was planning to "fight" a nampy-pampy, politically correct war.
For the liberal bed-wetters, the U.S. Constitution Article 3 Section 3:
Section 3 - Treason
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Note, that contrary to popular belief, for someone to be charged with treason Congress does not first have to declare war. The two pieces of walking garbage mentioned above certainly met the Constitution's definition of treason.
There is also historical precedent for traitors being tried and executed on the battlefield, the scene of their crimes:
The San Patricios [Irish-Catholics who deserted and fought for Santa Ana] fought ferociously to the end, suspecting that capture meant a rope. They were right; U.S. courts-martial sentenced 71 of the 73 captured deserters to hang for the crime of desertion during time of war. General Scott commuted 20 of the sentences, but the rest were executed—including 30 men who were hanged from a bluff overlooking the final battle of the war—the breathtaking army and marine assault upon the towering, stone fortress of Chapultepec.
There is also some Security Watchtower
Crossposted at The Dougout